Wanted: Sexy cowgirls. Reward: $5,000. Worship Thursdays goes wild, wild West as Tao hosts the Hoe-Down. There are no bucks in this nightclub rodeo; the contest awards cold, hard cash to the hottest girl in boots. Meanwhile, everyone in Western wear can enjoy free rein, with an open bar well. Yee haw! (At the Venetian, doors 10 p.m., $20 guys, $10 girls, locals free.) If that sounds a little too, uh, NFR for you, head to the Hard Rock Hotel, where DJ Norman Doray entertains during Godskitchen at Vanity. Doors 10 p.m., $40 guys, $20 girls, local ladies free.
Celebrate what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday (Oct. 9) at Lake Las Vegas with a free lakeside concert by Beatles tribute band The Fab at the Village, 7-11 p.m. At The Mirage, Rolling Stone kicks off the Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth with Weezer at Bare Pool Lounge (doors 7 p.m., $100), or you can sex-up your Friday as Crazy Horse III (pictured) comes of age, turns 1 and enjoys a striptease from Rock of Love tartlet Heather Chadwell. In addition to the peep show, there will be free sushi, and free Budweiser and shots of Stoli vodka from 8-10 p.m. (Open 24/7, no cover.) Also tonight, First Friday after-party The Get Back marks eight years of fun downtown, and John Doe returns to do his thing at Beauty Bar. 517 E. Fremont St., doors 9 p.m., $10 men $5 women.
It’s been a big year or so for Avril Lavigne: She divorced her rocker husband Deryck Whibley, started recording a new album, and found new love—or lust—with Brody Jenner. Now the former pop-punk princess comes to Vegas to throw herself a big-girl-style birthday party at Wet Republic. (At MGM Grand, doors 11 a.m., $50 guys, $20 girls.) Maybe the birthday girl will bring Jenner with her, and make it official—with tattoos, rings or both. (OK magazine did report in June that Lavigne told friends to stand by for a Vegas wedding in August or September.) Alternatively, you can avoid the made-for-reality-TV drama and check out DJ Shr3d and the view of the pool at SkyBar. (At the Hard Rock Hotel, doors 11 a.m., $20.) Later, Qbert and Manufactured Superstars are at Rain for Perfecto. At the Palms, doors 11 p.m., $30, local ladies free.
Toast the king of Las Vegas’ LGBT community, Eduardo Cordova, as the man who managed to make a gay night work at a mainstream club celebrates his birthday. Closet Sundays fêtes its founder with a birthday party to remember at Revolution; all revelers enjoy $5 beers and $5 vodka drinks, regardless of orientation. What’s more, DJ Jason Lema sets the soundtrack. (At The Mirage, doors 10 p.m., $20, locals free.) If you can’t wait to get the party started, pre-game with Robbie Rivera at Wet Republic. At MGM Grand, doors 11 a.m., $40 guys, $20 girls.
If you’ve got a golden voice, show it off at Beauty Bar as Fremont Street’s No. 1 hipster joint hosts its weekly karaoke night. Or, if your pipes are made of bronze (or, worse yet, brass), stick to the simple stuff: booze. It’s called Beauty Bar for a reason, and theirs is well-stocked, thankfully. (517 E. Fremont St., doors 10 p.m., no cover.) Or make a night of it and hit a few other watering holes while you’re in the area. Our suggestions: tried, tested, re-tested and still true bars such as The Griffin (511 E. Fremont St.), Downtown Cocktail Room (111 Las Vegas Blvd. South) and the Bunkhouse (124 S. 11th St.), or, better yet, the newest addition to the scene, the Vanguard (516 E. Fremont St.).
Grab a glittery corsage and call a limo instead of a cab: Botown Productions and KLUC 98.5-FM present the 2010 Las Vegas Prom, and this year the bash is at Tao Beach. (At the Venetian, doors 9 p.m., advance tickets $20 women, $40 men, $50 couples via VegasProm.com, or more at the door. Cash and toy donations accepted in support of Help of Southern Nevada.) Afterward, Lavo hosts the after-party, featuring Tone Loc (pictured). (At the Palazzo, doors 10 p.m., $20 guys, $10 girls, locals free.) Alternatively, you can ditch prom (again) and instead hit up Moon as Graham Funke plays Bang! at the Palms. Doors 11 p.m., $20 cover, local ladies free.
Don’t just drink, get downright crunk as Lil Jon takes over Surrender at Encore. You might think of him as little more than a hype man, but he’s actually an accredited S.K.A.M. Artist DJ. Don’t believe us? Check him out, then decide. Doors 10 p.m., cover from $40.